Themes Team Meeting Notes – June 28, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on June 14, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. 

Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 407 tickets were opened
  • 553 tickets were closed:
    • 386 tickets were made live.
      • 22 new Themes were made live.
      • 364 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 165 tickets were not-approved.
    • 2 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 3

BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Themes Stats 

2. Locally host webfonts files

We had a lengthy discussion about the best way to address remotely hosted fonts. Although no decision was made,  @colorful-tones suggests offering education and awareness of general font usage in themes meantime. 

@greenshady also see more of an approach that is educational first.  He said, “The Web Fonts APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. is still not completely finished yet either. Having a finished API in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. goes a long way toward making it the standard/required method of including fonts”.

@pbking added “I believe that as it currently stands ANY font (or really any resource) leveraged from a CDN has the potential to be effected by the GDPR. Fonts hosted locally, no matter the ultimate origin, shouldn’t.”

@poena also agree with slowing down a bit. She said, “For each theme developer to spend effort and time on a temporary solution is wasted.”

For now, themes team would like to keep this as recommendation. We request all theme authors to load fonts locally rather then CDN.

You can read the full conversation here.

3. Open floor

At the beginning of this year, we set our goal to reach 500 block themes in 2022, but things are moving a little slower than we anticipate. We discussed the issues and challenges when creating a block theme.

@Pratik Kinage shared his user’s feedback addressing  the lack of customization. @colorful-tones shared the concern regarding the lack of version control.  @colorful-tones also discussed his concerns related to WooCommerce. 

If you have any specific issues or like to share your feedback, feel free to reach us at #themereview slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel or leave your comment below.

Increase block theme exposure on the theme repository
This ticket addresses a way to give block themes more exposure on the theme directory. #6330  Give some priority to Block themes(FSE themes) in the WordPress themes repository

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Themes team meeting agenda for June 28, 2022

This is the themes team biweekly team meeting agenda.

The themes team conducts a meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. This month second meeting is on 28th of June.

The meeting takes place in the #themereview channel on the WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and you need an account to participate.

Channel: #themereview | Time: Tuesday, June 28 2022, 15:00 UTC

Along with the fixed agendas, we have an open floor at the end where you can ask or share anything related to themes.

We encourage all members and anyone interested to attend. You can also add your agenda in the comment section below.

Meeting agenda

  1. Weekly Updates
  2. Locally host webfonts files
  3. Open Floor

1. Weekly updates

Theme Tickets and Help Scout updates

Current statistics can be found on: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ 

Themes TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. ticket graph: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticketgraph

Check regular weekly updates here.

3. Locally host webfonts files

There is a recommendation to host webfonts file locally in WordPress themes. But, now we want to make it required. You can check more info about this here.

We would like to discuss about this and looking forward your view regarding this requirement.

3. Open floor

We will discuss everything related to themes. Attendees can ask or share themes-related things.

Please comment in the comment box below if you have anything to bring up during the open floor.

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Complying with GDPR when using Google Fonts

As you may have heard, a German court fined a website using Google-hosted webfonts for violating Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This decision affects many themes in the directory. Most of us have been using Google Fonts by enqueuing from Google CDN. While it improves performance, it reveals a user’s IP address which consequently violates a user’s privacy.

How does the decision affect the existing themes?

The themes team strongly encourages the theme authors to update their themes. We recommend updating by switching to locally hosted webfonts. Luckily Google Fonts can be downloaded and bundled in a theme. Bundled font files allow users to host webfonts locally and comply with GDPR.

How does the decision affect the new themes?

We are planning to discuss further at our next meeting whether the remotely hosted font is allowed in a theme as we move forward. Please use the comment box below if you’d like to leave any comments.

Ways to locally host webfonts files

You can check out the default theme, Twenty Twenty-Two, to learn how to bundle locally hosted webfont files using theme.json.

For those using functions.php, you can check out the Implementing a Webfonts API in WordPress Core post by @aristath. It explains how to generate styles using bundled font files in detail. 

Alternatively, the theme authors can use the Webfont-loader package in conjunction with the webfonts APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.. It allows authors to download Google Fonts locally and then use them in the API, which currently only supports local fonts.

Default themes

WordPress core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. https://core.trac.wordpress.org. are moving forward with updating the default themes, Twenty Twelve through Twenty Seventeen. You can follow the conversation at this link. Props to @luehrsen and @luminuu

Resources

Thank you @aristath and @kafleg for reviewing the post.

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Themes team meeting agenda for June 14, 2022

This is the themes team biweekly team meeting agenda.

The themes team conducts a meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. This month second meeting is on 14th of June.

The meeting takes place in the #themereview channel on the WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and you need an account to participate.

Channel: #themereview | Time: Tuesday, June 14 2022, 15:00 UTC

Along with the fixed agendas, we have an open floor at the end where you can ask or share anything related to themes.

We encourage all members and anyone interested to attend. You can also add your agenda in the comment section below.

Meeting agenda

  1. Weekly Updates
  2. Open Floor

1. Weekly updates

Theme Tickets and Help Scout updates

Current statistics can be found on: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ 

Themes TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. ticket graph: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticketgraph

Check regular weekly updates here.


4. Open floor

We will discuss everything related to themes. Attendees can ask or share themes-related things.

Please comment in the comment box below if you have anything to bring up during the open floor.

#agenda, #themes-team

Themes Team Meeting Notes – May 24, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on May 24, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting facilitator & Notetaker @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 378 tickets were opened
  • 388 tickets were closed:
    • 371 tickets were made live.
      • 31 new Themes were made live.
      • 340 Theme updates were made live.
      • 1 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 17 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 4
BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Themes:  4 block themes are released.

2. WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe 2022

WordCamp Europe 2022 is fast approaching. Our themes team representative @kafleg will be joining virtually, welcoming new contributors. In addition, some of the former representatives will be in Porto. If you are interested in becoming a theme reviewer, please let us know by commenting below. 

The contributor will be held on the first day, June 2, 2022. You can find the schedule here

Registration is required to attend WordCamp Europe in person. Tickets are still available. Learn more about WordCamp Europe or get your tickets here at this link

3. WordPress 6.0 release

WordPress 6.0 is scheduled to be released on 24th May 2022.  Theme authors are strongly encouraged to test the themes.

4. Open Floor

We discussed how the contributors can record their time contributing for the Five for the Future (5ftF) program. Please leave a comment if you like to give feedback here or on Github

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